SP Report on Bus Fire Safety

Between 1999 and 2004 an average of 49 bus and coach fires were reported each year in Norway, and 122 per year in Sweden. However, it can be assumed that the actual number of fires is considerably higher than this, as a large number of fires are not reported. This means that about 1.0-1.4 % of all buses and coaches in service are involved in fires each year. In percentage terms about 5-10 times as many buses and coaches catch fire as do heavy goods vehicles. Fortunately, despite the surprisingly high number of fires, injuries to persons have been very limited. However, the risk of a catastrophe is high if, for example, a fire should occur in a situation where escape is difficult. Examples...

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